Why I insist on a pre-consultation

Some people – admittedly mostly other therapists – ask me why I always insist on a pre-consultation meeting.

Well I’m going to be honest with you; it isn’t because I have nothing better to do with my time.

I insist on it because it provides an opportunity to assess whether you are right for me, whether I am right for you and whether hypnotherapy is what you need and, crucially, whether now is the right time to be working together.

If we get any of that wrong then it simply won’t work. The result would be you risk making a poor investment and I risk getting lousy feedback. It’s got to work for us both. It really is that simple.

Hypnotherapy has been described as both an art and a science, and the more of it I do, the more I appreciate how accurate this observation is. But part of the art, is ensuring that the timing is right for the individual concerned, so they are setting themselves up for success and not failure.

You need to come along under your own steam and not following pressure from a partner, parent or a child. But most of all, ‘deep down’ – that’s the subconscious to you – you need to be genuinely ‘up for it’, like nothing else matters.

I cannot stress that enough.

All too often I have met someone who is convinced that now is the time, that they are ready, willing and able, only to discover, at the pre-consultation stage, something’s not quite right.That doesn’t mean we will not work together and achieve a successful future outcome – maybe not just yet. And I have found that it is only through conducting a pre-consultation that I can get an accurate sense of an individual’s subconscious, as well as conscious, level of motivation.

Sure, hypnosis can help expand that motivation to succeed, but it cannot conjure it out of thin air; I’m a hypnotist not a miracle worker! And the fact remains that no matter how skilled the practitioner, hypnosis will not work if there is a part of you that is resisting. You have to be completely open to trusting the process, to how and when change will occur (because everyone is different) and to taking truly positive steps.

So that’s it, in a nutshell. I insist on pre-consultations because it maximises the chances of both of us achieving success. After all, isn’t that what we both want? Oh, plus I really love meeting new people!

If you think you’re ready for change and ready to work with me to achieve that, then join the others who have made the change and get in touch now.

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